Survey finds that one in 10 schools do not have toilets

WINDHOEK: Seventy-eight per cent of schools surveyed in the 2013 Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Interventions in Schools (WinS) survey were found to have access to safe water, but did not have access to toilets.

The survey also found that one in 10 schools do not have toilets, while at others large numbers of learners are forced to share one toilet.

The Minister of Education, David Namwandi said this in a speech read on his behalf by the Director of Programmes and Quality Assurance in the Ministry of Education, Edda Bohn during the launch of the National Inter-School WASH Competition yesterday.

Namwandi said the supply of toilets has not kept up with demand, noting that 52 per cent of schools have no soap or water available for hand washing.

Functional hand washing facilities are essential components for good health and hygiene practices of both learners and staff members.

The situation was found to be the worst in the Kavango East and West, Ohangwena and Oshikoto regions, the minister stressed.

The aim of the WinS project is to promote good health and hygiene practices in all schools in order to create a positive environment for behaviour change, particularly by learners and staff members in Government primary and combined schools.